Chemicals
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1/20/2017

Toxic Substances Control Act reform will take time to implement but will eventually foster innovation while improving chemical safety, says Jim Jones, outgoing chief of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. TSCA reform "recognizes the importance of an efficient and high-functioning new chemicals program to encourage development of innovative new chemistries and facilitate their entry into the marketplace," the American Chemistry Council said.

1/20/2017

Chemical companies will be required to disclose why their proprietary chemical data must be kept private when filing confidential business information claims under the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday. The rule is slated to take effect March 20.

1/20/2017

Congressional Republicans have proposed or passed bills that would overhaul how regulations are issued, considered and litigated, while other bills would overturn or update existing regulations including the Waters of the US rule and the Clean Power Plan. Lawmakers may also review a potential ban on chlorpyrifos, reform the Environmental Protection Agency's Safer Choice program and require "transparent or reproducible" science from EPA.

1/20/2017

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's Senate confirmation hearing included his expressed regret for calling for the Energy Department's elimination, and he said he would not seek the names of staffers involved in climate-related activity. "From the standpoint of being an individual who has promoted those sources of energy that can drive the economy, and at the same time help our environment, I have a record of doing that," he said.

1/20/2017

China National Chemical has filed an application with the Federal Trade Commission seeking antitrust clearance for its acquisition of Syngenta, according to the companies. "There's a few market concessions that will have to be made but nothing that will fundamentally change the business model of Syngenta," said company Chairman Michel Demare.

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Bloomberg
1/20/2017

Dow Chemical expects to see double-digit annual volume growth in China this year as it introduces environmentally friendly products and continues to invest, said Dow Greater China President Yoke Loon Lim.

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China Daily (Beijing)
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1/19/2017

US laundry care sales climbed 2.3% in 2016, hitting more than $12 billion and marking the first increase since 2011, according to Euromonitor. Experts attribute the increase to Henkel's US launch of Persil and growing demand for laundry packets.

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HAPPI online
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1/19/2017

The US economy has the potential to grow 4% under the leadership of President-elect Donald Trump, just like it did when Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton were in office, said Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris. Liveris, who has been tapped to lead Trump's American Manufacturing Council, touted the importance of tax reform, stable policies that stimulate manufacturing and rolling back burdensome regulations.

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Bloomberg
1/19/2017

Changing consumer attitudes, lifestyles and demographics are having a major impact on the fragrances people want in household products, according to this piece. Sophisticated and complex fragrance blends are increasingly in demand, such as Clorox's new Lavender Clean, Lemon Fresh, Sparkling Wave and Mango Mandarin Burst Pine-Sol scents.

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HAPPI online
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Clorox
1/19/2017

Retailers should not ignore "retail populism" as they pursue products in niche subcategories. TABS Analytics CEO Kurt Jetta writes that just 20% of the population has disposable income to spend on "trendy" items, which isn't enough to warrant the shelf space and investment some retailers are allocating these products.

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Progressive Grocer
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